We started our journey south after buying some supplies from Elcampo supermarket adjacent to Motel Sierra Nevada. It was noon when we left and the journey was smooth and easy, again with beautiful scenery – barren lands and hills with patches of greens- along the way.
From Granada, we took highway A44 down to the coast where we turned to a toll-highway AP7. There’s an alternative highway that was toll free, but I was glad that we chose this highway since it had many viaducts and tunnels with scenic views of deep valley. I liked it a lot.
We had one nice experience with the toll plaza. Since the signage were all in Spanish, I was not sure which lane to choose from the available options at the toll plaza, and they all looked similar. Believe it or not my choice ended up with self service facility, and it took few seconds to figure it out (again because everything were written in Spanish). Struggling with the coins that I barely recognize, I paid the toll on the self service machine. It was indeed a very funny experience, and we laugh it out for quite a while. I wonder what was in the mind of the driver in the car behind us when we took longer time to pay.
We finally arrived at Torremolinos around 5 pm. The challenge was then to look for the apartment that we’ve booked, but after asking few people, we found it.
Apartmentos Chica Roca
We booked the apartment through on-line services. It was nicely located adjacent to the beach in Torremolinos, a small fishing town with a small mosque amongst the shops. The host, Angel was very hospitable.
There were quite a number of Muslims manning the shops all around Torremolinos, and kebab stalls and briyani house can also be seen.
Málaga is the largest city in the andalusia and the home of Malaga football club. The city was captured by Ferdinand and Isabella in the siege of Málaga (1487), which was one of the longest siege in the campaign known as the Reconquista. People say that the Malagueños surrendered due to hunger.
La Alcazaba De Málaga
La Alcazaba is Málaga’s most important landmark that overlooks the city and the sea from a hilltop. It was constructed on the ruins of a Roman fortification during the reign of Abd-al-Rahman I, the first Caliph of Cordoba, in around 756-780AD. Similar to other palace and forts, it has the courtyards with gardens with flowing waters.
The view was magnificent, simply fantastic. It was later rebuilt by the Sultan of Granada, Badis Al-Ziri, from 1057-1063AD and addition of a double wall and connection to Gibralfaro in the 14th century.
Castillo de Gibralfaro
The fort was built in 929AD by Abd-al-Rahman III, Caliph of Cordoba, on a former Phoenician enclosure and lighthouse. It is sitting on a 130 m high foothill overlooking Málaga city and the Mediterranean Sea. It was reconstructed during the time of Yusuf I of the Nasrid Kingdom of Granada at the beginning of the 14th Century.
Costa Del Sol
The long stretch of beaches along the Mediterranean Sea made Costa Del Sol as one of the main tourist attraction in Spain. A number of beautiful towns and cities are located along the coasts. We visited Malaga and Torremolinos and made a quick stop in Benalmadena and Marbella before continuing our journey North to Ronda.